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Boda Boda Riders Blamed For Early Pregnancies


bodaaTeachers and boda boda riders are to blame for early pregnancy cases which are the main reason for school drop-outs and early marriages,

This is according to the 2015 National Adolescent and Youth preliminary report released yesterday.

Unsafe sexual behaviour, drug abuse, poverty and parental negligence are cited as some of the major factors that have led to the high number of early pregnancies among school going children.

The report also shows that teenagers are having sex at an early age, with about a third having sex before 15 years.

It indicates that 12 per cent of young women and 21 per cent of young men aged between 15 and 24 had their first sexual intercourse before age 15.

And 47 per cent of young women and 55 per cent of young men aged between 18 and 24 had their sexual encounter before age 18.

It adds that 15 per cent of young women between the ages of 15 and 19 are already mothers and three per cent are pregnant with their first child.

The survey also found that teenage pregnancies are linked to level of education. A majority of teenage mothers aged between 15 and 19 (36 per cent) who are either mothers or pregnant with their first child have only completed primary school.

A slightly lower number (33 per cent) are mothers without any education at all, and even fewer (19 per cent) got pregnant before they completed primary education. Only 12 per cent have secondary education